Leads on Killings Reported

Second Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Thomas Hammar­berg on Sunday for the first time in eight months, reportedly tell­ing the Stockholm-based rights official that the government has made progress in investigating extrajudicial killings documented by the UN.

The meeting with the UN secretary-general’s special representative for human rights in Cam­bodia, at Hun Sen’s Takh­mau residence, came one month after the government accused the UN human rights unit of “an orchestrated campaign” against it.

Om Yentieng, Hun Sen’s adviser on human rights and media issues, said the government has established leads to arrest suspects in the killings and will submit a report to the UN in an ex­change of information when the UN finalizes documentation alleging at least 50 more extrajudicial kill­ings, Om Yentieng said.

Svay Sitha, a Cabinet spokes­man, confirmed the government’s progress and said the information exchange may happen by Wed­nesday, when Ham­marberg leaves the country.

Rosemary McCreery, the dir­ector of the UN Center for Hu­man Rights office here said the report will be ready soon. “It’s being finalized at the moment.”

The report won’t be made public until at least two weeks after the government sees it, she said.

UN officials had no comment on the meeting but said Ham­marberg will likely answer questions at a press conference before he leaves the country. He left Sunday for Siem Reap, where he is scheduled to meet King Noro­dom Sihanouk today.

 

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